What causes dry feet?
Why do feet become dry or cracked?
Also, the foot is under constant pressure from standing, walking and exercising. The soles of the feet bear the brunt of our entire body weight, which can lead to the skin drying out and becoming hard. Particular peaks in the amounts of exercise or standing can have even greater effects, such as leading to sore cracks on the feet developing. This will be especially true when new to working the feet hard, such as starting a new exercise regime.
It's important to take good care of your feet by applying a nourishing foot lotion such as NIVEA Irresistibly Smooth Body Lotion. It is better to prevent dry or cracked feet than to treat it, so incorporating a moisturiser 2-3 times per week into your routine will be easier than using lotion to treat dryness. However, if you do develop dry feet, try using a foot lotion twice a day, once after your bath or shower and once before bed, to help rehydrate feet.
4 reasons for dry feet
The winter months
CARING FOR DRY FEET
Cleanse, Exfoliate and Moisturise those dry feet!
When caring for dry feet, it is important to not only moisturise but to ensure that skin is thoroughly cleansed. Sweat and dirt can become trapped in dead cells which can be cause for the development of bacteria on the feet.
Thoroughly cleanse the feet with a body wash that won't dry the skin, such as NIVEA Rich Moisture Shower Cream. If it feels comfortable, and your feet aren't too sore or cracked, try a gentle exfoliation of the foot area a couple of times a week, or even use a pumice stone to help rid feet of dead skin.
NIVEA Rich Nourishing Body Lotion is ideal for applying after your morning shower, as it can absorb quickly into the skin. With moisture that lasts all day long, you can look forward to fresh, smooth and healthy looking feet in no time. Continued use after the problem's ended helps prevent new dryness or cracks forming.
Exfoliation, Exfoliation, Exfoliation!
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Top tips for taking care of dry feet
- - Prevention is better than treatment! Ensure you have a good diet and skincare routine, as these will help to stop skin from drying out.
- - Make sure you're drinking enough water - a lack of hydration will have an impact on your skin. Specifically, dehydration will stimulate dry skin on your feet remaining.
- - Increase circulation to the feet; by improving diet, exercising more, maintaining a health weight, not smoking and improving leg posture.
- - Use a humidifier to stop the air around you from drying out. If the air dries out too much, it can lead to skin drying out too, causing dry skin on the feet.
- - Try to shower and bath in lukewarm water instead of hot. If the temperature is too hot it'll lead to dry and often sore skin.
- - Use products designed to provide hydration to the skin, and avoid any products with too much ethyl alcohol in them.
- - Try an in-shower body milk, such as our NIVEA In-Shower Body Moisturiser for Dry Skin, to help prevent dry skin on the feet caused by hot showers.